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when the fighting stopped a u.n. resolution declared hezbollah must not rearm. but the israelis insist it has. they say with 40,000 new rockets, all from iran and syria. the interception won't substantially reduce hezbollah's military power. but it strengthens israel's warning to those trying to negotiate with iran, including the u.s. -- it can't be trusted. what most israelis worry about is the west's current attempt to negotiate with iran over its nuclear program. after yesterday's incident, there aren't many people here who believe those talks will work. jeremy, vinita? >> simon mcgreggor-wood reporting from jerusalem this morning, thank you. >> health care reform supporters are rolling out the big guns on capitol hill. it's reported president obama will go to capitol hill after house democrats announce they'll try to vote on a health care bill this weekend. the aarp is expected to endorse the measure today and labor
unions are asking members to call lawmakers to express their support. and americans feeling the pinch of the recession could soon get some more help from washington. the senate voted unanimously to extend unemployment benefits for up to 20 additional weeks. the bill also expands the tax credit program for home buyers and gives tax relief to struggling businesses. the house could approve the bill as soon as today and the president plans to sign it. time for your thursday forecast. stormy in the northwest with downpours from washington all the way down to the northern part of california. flooding near seattle. snow in the cascades. up to 60-mile-an-hour wind gusts along the coast. you can also expect light rain with some snow showers from pennsylvania to maine. >> 50s in the northeast. 85 in miami. 77 in new orleans. 77 in dallas. kansas city climbs to 60. omaha 62. detroit just 47. 63 in boise. 66 in sacramento. we have reported ad nauseam, along with other broadcasting
outlets, about octomom. now we've got that beat. here's an octomom times two and then some. >> a bulldog in linois recently gave birth to an incredibly large litter. 21 puppies in all. poor things. daisy may have took 20 hrs to deliver all the pups. so long her owners had to actually bottle feed the newborns until she was finally done. the sad news is that four pups did not survive the delivery but the remaining 17 are just as healthy as could be. >> that little girl holding that dog, that is something else. who can resist these little guys? the puppies are now 6 weeks old. that means they're just abt ready for adoption after the big weigh-in. daisy may, she's now enjoying retirement. no more babies for her. >> poor thing, think of the stretch marks on poor daisy may. >> didn't think about that but now i won't be able to get that image out of my head, thank you very much.
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there is a follow-up to toyota's historic recall and questions about safety. the government now says toyota released misleading information about its investigation into stuck accelerator pedals. toyota had issued a statement monday saying the government found no defect existed in cars where the floor mat was properly secured. the automaker insists it is looking for the best way to solve this problem. chrysler is out with plans to make over its dodge brand. automaker says that over the next four years it will introduce four new dodge models including three new fuel-efficient sedans and a new pickup truck. chryer says its mid-size sedans on the market now are unpopular and new models will be designed to compete. the transportation department and fcc are teaming up. >> a few states have laws regulating drivers and cell phones. as alex stone reports they're having mixed results at best.
>> reporter: go anywhere in california and it can seem driving while holding a cell phone is perfectly legal. many drivers do it blatantly in plain sight of police and fellow drivers. >> it's no different than eating while you're driving. >> reporter: it can seem everybody's doing it, even california first lady maria shriver has been caught. tmz found her chatting away on her cell phone while behind the wheel. there's a problem even though many drivers may not pay attention to it. it is california law. california highway patrol officer rick quinntero spends his days searching for drivers who are holding cell phones. >> you get two types of individuals. individuals that are constantly looking out for law enforcement, and the minute they spot you they bring their hands down. end the call. then you have your other motorists that are oblivious to what's going on around them. >> reporter: the solution seems simple. $30 ear piece is all it takes to adhere to california's law. yet many refuse. >> it's a lot cheaper to buy a
hands-free device. >> reporter: safety experts say the reason so many drivers are ignoring the law is because the fine here is so low. >> $20 is a pretty minimal fine. >> reporter: in some states where fines are greater, cell phone laws do appear to be working. a recent study by the insurance institute for highway safety found cell phone use by drivers is down 65% in connecticut. 24% in new york. and close to half in washington, d.c. that study also found hands-free devices may not actually make us safer saying the act of talking on a cell phone is dangerous, hands-free or not. >> using your cell phone is the most identifiable cause of distracted driver crashes. >> reporter: the california highway patrol claims it's written over 100,000 tickets to cell phone talking drivers in the past year and a half. yet many drivers continue to talk away. alex stone, abc news, los angeles. >> looks like a fight on that phone call.
>> she was yelling a the somebody. another reason you shouldn't ob the phone. hey, willis. we got to see that hat. >> willis just walked in. appropriately dolled up. >> the new york -- >> yankees? >> yankees! >> in a moment, the big celebration here in new york. home -- >> go, yankees! go, yankees! yeah, world champions!
welcome back. yankees captain jeter says he and the rest of the new world series champions are looking forward to tomorrow's ticker tape parade right here in new york. >> that would be pretty cool, wouldn't it? it will honor the team for their 27th title which of course as you heard they won last night. we have "american landscape" coverage now from our new york station, wabc. >> this is an eyewitness news special report. >> here is the scene inside the espn zone in times square. lots of happy people tonight. the restaurant packed with fans celebrating the team's big win
after six games. >> as we said, the yankees clinching their 27th world championship. just moments ago. doing it in the top of the ninth against the phillies with mariano rivera groundball to robinson cano. he threw to first and that was it. the xth game of the world series was over. >> that is times square right now. you're looking at live pictures from news copter 7. hundreds of people now in times square, they were watching the last few minutes of the game, and now celebrating the team's victory. he called itn six, right? >> i called them in seven. this team won 103 games during the regular season. it pitted the best two teams in baseball. the phillies had proven to be the cream of the crop in the national league. the yankees proved to be the best in the american league. and the best in baseball in the regular season. we're going to take you to the bronx to yankee stadium to show you some highlights. the yankees fans standing up and
cheering their heros in game six. phillies starter pedro rodriguez walked alex rodriguez. hideki matsui powers one to right field, a towering shot that heads for the stands. with that a two-run homer, the yankees led the phillies 2-0. to the bottom of the third, pedro martinez in a jam. the yankees have loaded the bases and it's hideki matsui again. this time with a base hit that scores two. now it's 4-1 yankees. into the game came the rookie facing hideki matsui. deep to right center field, just short of a homer, off the wall. mark teixeira scores, alex rodriguez followed him home. the yankees had a 7 high 1 lead. hideki matsui knocked six of those seven runs in. godzilla, a record six. mariano rivera. how about it, he was something. he got shane victorino to groun out to robin cano, to mark
teixeira. with that, iltell you what, part of seven world series teams, 5-2, not bad. jim dolan continues our coverage from just outside yankee stadium. what's happening, jim? >> reporter: i couldn't hear a word you said. they're going crazy here outside the stadium. this is where it happened. you can hear it. you can hear them. we can't hear you. they are going crazy. i don't think you'll get much more here, scott, i'm going to throw it back to you guys. >> bars and restaurants all over the city packed tonight, people watching the game closely on big-screen tvs. >> jeff is at the espn zone in times square. >> reporter: they're holding off a bit on the celebration to join us here on live tv. you were watching the game all night long. >> whoo! >> reporter: that's how they feel about it. all right, let's bring it down a
little bit. i want to ask some of the fans some questions. you were confident, what, from the fourth inning? >> it was 4-1 and i told you, if they're going to win right now, we have the players, we have the skills, we have the fans right here, we've got everything, we want this world series, whoo! >> we're going to head north to washington heights where the celebrations continue tonight. >> kugan's restaurant in washington heats. >> reporter: this place absolutely erupted when the yankees won the world series. one of the groups i met tonight, she was watching, enjoying every minute. how does it feel? >> it feels really good to see number 27. >> tell me about the crowd, what was it like tonight? >> exciting, very, very exciting. very live. >> were you nervous at any point
in the game? >> no, we knew we were going to take it. they wanted to bring it back home. >> got it. >> yes. >> one more time, i have to show you the crowd here at kugan's. i'll send it back to the studio. having a good time here, guys. >> ouch. >> decibel issues there? >> didn't you love doing live shots like that? >> i do not miss, that having beer thrown all over you. >> some of these guys have serious hardware. rivera, andy pettitte, jeter, jorge posada, this is their fifth world series ring, one for the thumb now. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ...
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how many washes did it take cheer brightclean to get this from dingy to bright? ten. seven. it's six. why? why is... one... yeah! hundred. no. cheer brightclean. surprisingly bright in just one wash. ha have you heard the expression self-fulfilling prophecy? >> yeah. >> you don't seem excited, can you at least pretend?
i always seem interested in what your questions are. >> you're a better actress than i. >> willis, have you heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? >> yes, wow! can't wait! >> i'm excited for your excitement. a man in ohio dressed up in a breathalyzer costume for halloween, only to later get arrested for dui. the dui part is not funny. but the irony, pretty obvious. the guy ended up blowing a .158. they say they found him with beer on his front seat andn the trunk. he has no comment when he was reached on wednesday. i've never seen a breathalyzer costume but that's apparently what it looks like. >> that was funny. >> thank you. maybe you should havhad more enthusiasm at the get-go. >> that's funny stuff. hey -- pardon me. so, you know, we do these stories all the time about so-and-so found the visage of jesus in the ket chen bottle. >> mayo bottle, yeah. >> here's one that keeps coming back.
there's this guy in johnson city, tennessee. he says in the con10 days on his truck window, if you look at it closely to the left, basicly every morning he comes out and there's the morning dew on the car window. and there's this image. >> i ain't buying that. >> of jesus. well, you wouldn't think he would either. he says he's not especlly religious. and he's sort of clueless as to why this thing keeps showing up. every morning this face keeps reappearing in the window of the isuzu truck right there. he says he thought it would evaporate and never come back but it keeps showing up. it's been there for two weeks. >> that's clearly someone with their finger going there and doing that. it's so detailed. there's a nose, a mustache, a goatee. >> the lord works in mysterious ways. >> he drove this thing to the grocery store and everybody was in awe of it. so he's probably in no hurry to get rid of it just yet. you know, interesting. hey, you didn't give me the same enthusiastic reaction.
>> that is so interesting! >> all right. hey, so did you know -- >> now do your next interesting story! >> did you logon to google yesterday at all? they change the header sometimes to relate to what's going on. they had a cool one yesterday. they're going to keep having it for a little while i think of big bird's legs. look at that. it's because sesame street is about to turn 40 years old.
the latest high-tech handset. >> turn left at central park west. >> how it's different than the iphone. it's thursday, november 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and if during the show you hear sort of a steady scream in the background, i think it's people out on the street still celebrating the yankee victory. as you may have heard, the yankees are world champions once again. we will talk about that. >> our entire news room was screaming when it happened. >> everybody is buzzing and the streets are alive with yankee fans. >> the faint yells in the background. >> more on that in just a few minutes. good morning i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. we begin with a heartbreaking picture of what might have been. an astonishing new report accuses officials of repeatedly missing clues in the disappearance of jaycee dugard. >> carla wohl is in los angeles
with newly released states of the investigation. >> reporter: jeremy and vinita, there was no sugar-coating the state's report. simply put, the state failed to do its job. alleged kidnapper philip garrido should never have been able to hold jaycee dugard captive for 18 years. that's the conclusion of a state investigation which blasted the department of corrections for failing to properly supervise the convicted sex offender. >> there were missed clues and opportunities to discover their existence sooner than they did. >> reporter: the report finds the state failed on numerous fronts. from not classifying garrido as a high-risk sex offender after he was released from a nevada prison for rape, to not properly training or supervising his parole agents or following up on hundreds of parole violations. >> we determined that garrido was only properly served 12 out of the 123 months it supervised him. the failure rate of about 90%. >> reporter: dugard was found in august, living in garrido's
backyard with two children fathered by her kidnapper. she had been missing for 18 years. >> we obviously deeply regret any error that could have possibly resulted in the victims living under these conditions for even one additional day. >> reporter: the state is working to improve training and supervision of parole agents and that a new law in january will reduce the number of agents' case loads. garrido and his wife, meanwhile, are awaiting trial on 29 counts related to dugard's abduction, rape and imprisonment. jeremy, vinita? >> thanks to carla wohl. in cleveland, growing outrage over the apparent missed clues in another case involving a sex offender. police say at least 11 victims have now been found inside the home of a man convicted of attempted rape. anthony sowell has been charged with five counts of murder. sowell was a registered sex offender but the law did not require authorities to tell his neighbors. a memorial service iset on the campus of dickinson state university in north dakota for three students who apparently
drowned. friends and family gathered at the pond where the women were found dead inside a sunken suv tuesday. no foul play is suspected. authorities think the women were on a star-gazing trip when they accidentally drove into the water. the gop is calling it a republican renaissance. after election victories in both new jersey and virginia. voters are apparently upset with democrats because of the economy. here's john berman. >> reporter: with their candidates for governor in virginia and new jersey raising their arms in glee, republicans in washington raised their voices to gloat. >> i think there's a political rebellion going on in america. and what we saw last night was just a glimpse of it. >> reporter: in our exit polls, well over 80% of voters in new jersey and virginia said they are worried about the economy. those most worried voted for the republicans in huge numbers. >> we are in a crisis. the times are exaordinarily difficult. but i stand here tonight full of hope for our future. >> reporter: majorities of
voters in those two states said this was not a referendum on the president. and his aides tried to downplay the long-term significance of the results. >> these are tough times. and obviously that's -- there's a heavy burden and responsibility that falls on the governing party and that's just something you accept. that's part of the deal. >> reporter: however, the president did make high-profile trips to rally his base in both states. >> we will not lose this election if all of you are as committed as you were last year. >> reporter: they weren't. not even close. younger voters, president obama's strongest bloc, stayed home. the crucial independents flocked to the republicans. >> one of the reasons i think we were so successful with ken and bill and me tonight was that we had independents and democrats that came over to support us. >> reporter: the one bright spot for democrats, that new york congressional district where
they picked up a seat held by republicans for 100 years. national conservative groups along with sarah palin drove the moderate republican from the race and gop leaders bemoaned the perils of infighting. >> if you don't live in the district, you don't vote there, your opinion really doesn't matter much. >> reporter: that really was the only good news for democrats. for example, here in new jersey, voters who said they cared about president obama's signature issue, change, they voted for the republican by a margin of 40%. john berman, abc news, jersey city, new jersey. lawmakers want to help out those people who are out of work and extend breaks to home buyers. the senate yesterday voted unanimously to provide an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits. it would also expand the first-time home buyer tax credit program to include more people. the senate bill calls for tax relief for struggling businesses. the bill now goes to the house where it is expected to pass.
now here is a look at your thursday forecast. stormy in the northwest with the heaviest rain in washington and oregon. flooding near seattle. 40 to 60-mile-an-hour winds along the coast and snow in the cascades. some scattered rain and snow showers from new york city to new england. >> 50s from boston to baltimore today. 48 in fargo. 47 in detroit. 51 in the twin cities. phoenix heats up to 93. colorado springs 74. it's going to be 58 in portland and 63 in boise. hopefully the snow doesn't interfere with this huge parade we're planning in new york city. now that the yankees are world series champions. they got most of their offense last night from series mvp hideki matsui who knocked in six runs. when it was over the yanks were 7-3 winners, defeating the phillies 4-2 games. >> history made by andy pettitte. he became the first pitcher ever to start and win the clinching games in all three postseason rounds. how about that. this by the way is the team's 27th world series title.
but it's their first since 2000. they had to wait a few years for this one. it's probably one of the bigger gaps in their history that they went without one. as you can see, they're celebrating. >> i love seeing them do that, get to the center and start >> willis i'm sure will be yelling loudly. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." [ female announcer ] if you're using the leading sensitivity toothpaste,
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flu symptoms if taken within three days of coming down with the virus. >> there is a shortage of it because just one company makes it. lisa stark has details. >> reporter: with so many children fightg the h1n1 virus, there has been a huge demand for the liquid pediatric version of tamiflu. the government has now released its entire emergency supply. >> one of the reasons to release the stockpile is to make sure that no child is without medicines who needs to have medicines. >> reporter: it's hard to quantify exactly how much of a shortage there is of the pediatric tamiflu. at this maryland pharmacy, they're only able to get enough for about one patient a month. so pharmacists a making their own children's liquid tamiflu by taking the more powerful adult capsules and diluting them. >> this has to be made this way for the foreseeable future. >> reporter: why the shortage of tamiflu? the drug is made by just one company, roche pharmaceuticals. roche didn't invent tamiflu but
bought the license to manufacture this now-critical drug. it's become a huge moneymaker. sales quadrupled over the past year. despite the shortage of liquid tamiflu, roche says there are plenty of capsules for both adults and children and that it is confident it can continue to meet u. supply requirements. but what if roche falls short? >> the government can step in, on that monopoly, pay the manufacturer for the use of its monopoly and produce the drug itself. >> reporter: an indian company cipla says it could deliver. 1 million doses of generic children's tamiflu in a matter of weeks at a price 20% lower than roche's. the cdc hasn't ruled out generics but says there's no need yet. some ask, why wait? >> the best course of action to take would be to be very proactive about this and try to begin the early steps of the process now. >> reporter: so for now, america remains dependent on just one company for a drug that in a severe epidemic we could not do without. lisa stark, abc news, bethesda,
maryland. >> lisa mentioned cherry syrup. it's becoming more and more important. they're saying the liquid version of tamiflu the kids need won't be available until next month. >> you don't want to second-guess the medical experts here at cdc. but it does make you wonder why don't they get started on these generics. if it would mean more doses for people who need it. the former drug dealer who has built an entertainment empire. >> how 50 cent has
i'm about to show you how cool i am. >> as if i don't see that enough. >> one of many opportunities to show this off. let's talk about fitty. fitty cent. >> that's pretty good. >> yeah. >> he's been practicing that all break. a superstar rapper who's turned himself into a multimillionaire mogul. dan harris has spent time with curtis james jackson, better known as 50 cent. >> reporter: on the one hand there is the mystique of0 cent. ♪ >> reporter: on the other
hand -- i mean this in the best possible way but this house is crazy. as we found out over two days in 50's world -- >> how are you? >> let me get past the actual bridge area -- >> welcome home, bro. >> what's up? >> reporter: including time at the isolated 50,000 square foot mansion where he lives all by himself. >> gucci walls there. >> gucci walls? >> has a green screen room. >> two pool rooms? >> yeah,he basketball setup was something i put in for my son. >> reporter: there is the surprisingly subdued reality of 50 cent. do you work all the time? >> pretty much. >> reporter: what about your personal life? >> i really don't have very much. i really don't utilize this home. 18 bedrooms, i still sleep on one bed. >> reporter: then the two-hour commute from suburban connecticut into his office in new york city during which time he works on this giant computer screen tending to his growing
empire of investments. >> some people wake up and read the newspapers. i wake up and read the computer. >> reporter: he seems to be a deliberately solitary superstar. >> i got trust issues. >> reporter: trust issues? >> i don't really trust people. i like to think i'm a good judge of character but i make mistakes. >> reporter: where do you think you developed these trust issues? >> i don't know if it was growing up or i don't know where. i always had it. i always had it. in the lifestyle when you're in the street you got to watch everybody too. >> reporter: it can help you in business. but it's not unreasonable to ask whether it could hurt you in finding personal fulfillment and happiness. >> my sex life is great. >> reporter: if 50 develops his trust issues growing up in the streets it is perhaps understandable. how old were you when you got into the lifestyle? >> about 12. >> reporter: 12? selling cocaine at age 12? >> yeah. >> reporter: his criminal career came to a violent climax when a
brooklyn stickup artist shot him nine times, as dramatized in the hit movie he made about his own life "get rich or die trying." you still feel pain from getting shot? >> sometimes i feel like tingles when it's starting to rain and stuff like that. like my bones and stuff -- i broke a lot of bones in my body. look at all the cops come when i come. they think i'm a terrorist. >> reporter: we are in the park he used to go to when he was a kid, a time when he was known as curtis jackson, or to close friends only, as boo-boo. his mother gave birth to him at age 15. she then made her living by selling drugs. >> there was a guy playing catch with his son right here. in that baseball field. she told me, that's his father, they're throwing the ball. back and forth. i asked, i said, why don't i have a father? she say, because you're special. you were born through immaculate conception like jesus. >> reporter: when he was 8 years old his mother was killed when someone spiked her drink and then turned the gas on in her
apartment. >> i lost my mom, i lost more than a parent, i lost everything that was good in my life. >> reporter: then there's this new self-help book he co-wrote called "the 50th law." 50 takes the show no fear ethos of theook very seriously. do you think you have any weaknesses? >> probably. >> reporter: not that you're going to discuss with the camera on? >> absolutely not. why would i tell them? >> reporter: i read one review of the book that said the following. let me just -- >> one review? jesus christ. you've got to read the book, man. it's number five on the best-seller list. >> reporter: i read the whole first part of the book. 50's picking on me. i'm going to start calling you boo-boo. here's what one critic said about the book. "a self-help manual based on a central philosophy of dog eat dog and the survival of the sharpest, with little regard for the morals of their fellow beings." >> well, i think we live in a
dog eat dog world at some points. >> reporter: this cold view of the world is reflected in his love life. do y think you're going to get married? >> 53% of the people who get married get divorced. >> reporter: would you describe yourself as lonely? >> no, not at all. i'm content with where i'm at. i'm not -- i'm not looking for sympathy. >> reporter: i'm not trying to elicit it. >> but the doubters say, i'm lonely. translates as if he wants some sympathy in me way. >> reporter: here is where after a good 45 minutes of probing the interview fully goes off the rails. >> are you in a relationship? >> reporter: i'm married. >> you're married? how long? >> reporter: just in may. >> have you ever slept with anyone since you've been married? >> reporter: no. >> are you sure? >> reporter: i'm sure. and it's not just because my wife might see this. >> okay. >> reporter: why are you looking at me like you don't believe me? don't i look like a trustworthy
guy? i'm a news ancho. >> that means you really need to watch him. that means you know what to say. all right, interview's over. all right, buddy. >> reporter: this is dan harris in farmington, connecticut. >> now we know a little bit about dan harris' sex life and 50 cent's sex life. >> boo-hoo's sex life. >> i want to be able to call him boo-boo. >> it's interesting because you hear entertainers say things like, i don't have that many friends. i like that he said, don't feel sorry fr me le great, i'm around people that i cho not doing bad at all. $150 million off vitamin water. last year his net worth estimated at $440 million. >> i bet because of that boo-boo has a lot of friends. don't you imagine? >> be my friend, boo-boo. >> please. z
the iphone. >> it's coming out next week from motorola and google. it's called the droid. ned potter checked it out. >> reporter: in the beginning, there was apple's iphone. it was a web browser, a music player, a camera, and a thousand other thingsn addition to a phone. more than 20 million have been sold in just two years. of course, any leader attracts followers. which meant one knock-off. and then another. and then another. and now -- another. this latest one is the dro. made by motorola, sold by verizon wireless, with software from google. droid commercials were meant to tweak the iphone. if i'm an iphone, there are things i don't do. it's hd for any one phone to stand out, though. they all have browsers, e-mail and touch screens. the droid has a real keyboard and removable battery but you can't use apple's itunes.
the cost, about $200. >> i don't think it quite has the usability the iphone has. for that reason, i don't think it will quite catch fire. >> reporter: here's one thing they hope will distinguish it. you know those gps devices that tell you where you're going in your car? there's one built into the phone. navigate to museum of natural history, new york city. >> head southeast on west 68th street to central park west. >> reporter: google says it's been working very hard on voice recognition so the droid will take spoken commands. >> in one-quarter mile, turn left at central park west. >> reporter: it's not perfect but it's faster than typing with your thumbs. obviously you could buy a gps device for about the same price. but it would not also be your phone, your music player, your camera, and your web browser. >> your destination is on the left. >> reporter: the reviewers say it's not an iphone killer but it will give you directions to an apple store.
ned potter, abc news, new york. >> that's pretty brutal, isn't it? >> it's hard to think that anything could ever take on the iphone. everybody has one. especially here in new york. >> i know, you see them everywhere. they tell you to hide them on the subway, because people want them and they'll try to take them from you. >> along with everything else you should hide on the subway. >> you don't have the iphone yet, do you.
cleveland. and, frugal fatigue. the spending cutbacks during the recession. what's reviving shoppers' psyches? it's thursday, november 5th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. we thought we'd get right to the stories this morning. thanks for being with us, i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. we begin with an extraordinary courtroom scene unfolding in italy. 23 americans have been convicted for their roles in the kidnapping of a suspected terrorist. >> while human rights groups hail the verdict the pentagon says it is disappointed. here's our chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: former cia officer sabrina desousa was in new york with her lawyer when she got the news on her blackberry she had been convicted in italy and sentenced to five years in prison. she now admits the kidnapping was wrong.
>> clearly we broke a law. and we are paying for mistakes right now for whoever authorized and approved this. >> reporter: the verdict announced in milan was the culmination of a five-year investigation by the italian judiciary aimed squarely at u.s. policy. >> we don't need torture. we don't need rendition. we don't need secret prison. >> reporter: the case began after a cia team kidnapped a muslim cleric off this street in milan in broad daylight. u.s. officials suspected abu omar had ties to known terrorists. he was taken secretly to egypt where he says he was tortured before being set free. the cia team working out of the milan consulate made huge operational mistakes. >> they were using e-mail. they were calling home. the italians were able to connect their credit cards with true names and true addresses. >> reporter: three of the americans on trial, including the cia's rome station chief jeffrey castelli, were acquitted by the court which cited their diplomatic status. the others, including sabrina desousa, say they were left
unprotected by the u.s. which never asserted diplomatic immunity for them. >> we set a precedent for allies, foes, friends, anyone, to convict our officers overseas indict them for whatever they feel like indicting them on. >> there's no chance desousa or the others convicted in italy would be turned over by the u.s. to go to prison in italy. t they've been told to never again leave the u.s. just in case some other country would turn them in. brian ross, abc news, new york. a new report blasts california correction officials for missing chances to catch the man accused in the jaycee dugard kidnapping case. the report says convicted rapist philip garrido was mistakenly classified as a low-risk offender. it notes agents failed to interview his neighbors or investigate wires which ran from his house to a backyard compound. that's where dugard was held. in cleveland anthony sowell has been arraigned on five murder counts.
police now say at least 11 victims have been found inside sowell's home. investigators say some corpses have been there since 2005, the year sowell was released from prison. police are expected to dig in the backyard again today and search neighboring houses. the ohio and california cases show there is a problem keeping track of known sexual predators. nationwide there are nearly 700,000 registered sex offenders but the lists do not distinguish between minor offenders and dangerous predators. another problem is balancing the rights of sex offenders with the rights of potential victims. pierre thomas has more. >> reporter: the question on everyone's mind in cleveland, how did a registered sex offender amass bodies in his home without anyone knowing? >> 28 years of being on this bench, this is without question the most serious of violations i've ever faced. >> people are mad. they're mad about this. i don't blame them. and i'm mad too. >> reporter: the evidence suggests anthony sowell exploited a broken system.
for star, authorities failed to enlist the community's help to be on the lookout for signs of trouble. sowell was a registered sex offender but the law did not require authorities to knock on doors and notify his neighbors. >> no one even knew about him being a predator. >> the system that we have to do monitoring, supervision, follow-up once they return to the community is just overwhelmed. >> reporter: the county where anthony sowell lived is home to 3,400 other sex offenders and there are just eight officers to track them. and then there's the law. sowell was required to check in with authorities every 90 days. and he d. sheriff deputies can make unannounced visits to his home to make sure he was still living there, which they did in september. but they could not go in. the fact is, sex offenders have constitutional protections like everyone else. >> the same rights as you and i have. rights to privacy. >> reporter: last december, sowell was accused of trying to rape a woman at his house. he was arrested but his victim
later dropped the charges. the sheriff's sex offending unit says they were never informed of the arrest. sowell was left on the street. more and more women were disappearing. and it's all too often the case, authorities never suspected a thing. pierre thomas, abc news, cleveland. the white house appears to be pushing extra hard for health care right arm. there are reports this morning president obama will be on capitol hill tomorrow to lobby. congressional democrats plan a vote in the house saturday following an expected endorsement today from the aarp. and the afl-cio is calling on union members to flood congress today with phone calls in support of health care reform. well, the white house says this week's election results are not a reflection on the president or his health care agenda. but republicans say they are. >> that, of course, after voters sent messages to both parties in the elections. john hendren is joining us from washington with more on this. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning,
jeremy and vinita. as they sift through the results of election night, republicans are finding reason to crow. while democrats are seeing some worrisome trends. in hard economic times, voters tend to punish the party in power. and they did. >> republican renaissance has begun. >> reporter: tossing out democratic governor jon corzine in new jersey. >> it was time for a change in new jersey. >> reporr: sweepinin republican bob mcdonnell in virginia. the voters who elected barack obama last year named the economy as their number one issue. and it st s. exit polls found well over 80% exit pol thcnomd well over 80% this time, those most worried voted for the republicans in huge numbers. >> these are tough times. and obviously, that's -- there's a heavy burden and responsibility that falls on the governing party. >> reporter: a majority of virginia and new jersey voters said the president was not a factor in their votes. but younger voters, the
president's strongest bloc, stayed home. and independents leaned republican. >> we had independents and democrats that came over to supp. >> reporter: democrats foponrked a key win in upstate new york. >> republicans are the party of no. and that's why in new york, a congressional district that for 150 years has been republican went democratic. >> reporter: the democrat, bill owens,robably would have lost in that new york house race as well if republicans hadn't b fighting among themsel moderate dede scozzafava dropped out last weekend and endorsed the democrat over conservative jeremy and v >> our thanks to john hendren in washington. time for a look at your weather. a strong storm moves into the a stainingtsat moves into the oregon, idaho, montana you can expect snow in the cascades and ag tht. light rain and snow showers in rast. and scattered showers in south florida. >> it's 85 in miami. 68 in atlanta. 56 in baltimore.
52 in chicago. 62 in omaha. 60 in kansas. phoenix hits 93 again. sacramento 66. and salt lake city is 69. winter driving season just about upon us. one of those rare occasions where i'm glad i don't have a car. but if you dread driving your car in the snow, imagine trying to maneuver a gigantic truck on a slick street. >> with old man winter around the corner, road ws i they competed in a snowplow rodeo to prepare for the sm se it was an opportunity to show off their skills backing up and weaving bulky vehicles through narrow lanes. >> they say aside from the fun and the friely competition, this is a great way to prepare for the worst. that makes your driving tests t'simpakes your driving tests how tight those and g pbece woin a couple of months probab [/+
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course. pulling claims that cocoa krispies cereal supports the immune system. that claim had raised concerns, especially about its timing amid the swine flu pandemic. it will take several months to phase out boxes with those special labels. kellogg's claims there have been few public complaints. remember that song "don't worry, be happy." we have a new approach to that idea. >> comes to holiday shopping. with the season approaching, during a recession, according to somebody i met recently he says, don't worry, go shopping. ♪ >> reporter: being a tightwad is getting to be so boring. isn't it? you want to shop, but no, can't do that, it's irresponsible. >> i'm hearing a lot about a phenomenon called frugal fatigue, which is that we have not been spending for so long that we've got the buy itch. >> reporter: to scratch that itch we're going shopping with writer lee isenberg who, in his
new book, tells us it is finally time for a little shoptimism. >> shoptimism basically refers to the fact where there's a will to shop, there's a way to shop. i think the american consumer has learned a lot of lessons which is a really good thing and i'm shoptimistic about that. >> reporter: okay, but is it good to start spending again? please, someone, give us peission. >> if there are things you can buy that are not going to break your bank, that simply make you feel better on some ternoon, then i think it would be wrong to give to the sort of anti-consumer reflex that, oh, we never should buy anything that we absolutely don't need. >> reporter:e mentioned feelings. it'sen bearing isenberg spent years researching the feelings we get from buying. he can sum it up with the help
responsible. how boring is that? who knew hair dye was a barometer of why we buy what we buy. >> it's clear women buy most things. considering it's dolls and hair color. >> the ipod is the interesting thing to me. i didn't associate that with nostalgia but i guess it makes sense. >> it does when you hear it like that. in a moment back to ba
it is the dueling celebrity interviews that everybody is going to be paying attention to over the course of the next couple of days. we told you rihanna has this interview with diane sawyer on "good morning america" starting later this morning, also on friday, then on "20/20" too. chris brown has his primetime interview on mtv friday night where he talks about what happened between he and rihanna.
supposedly he's going to answer all the questions. what caused him to lash out against his former girlfriend in the first place? what does he think about nine months later when he recalls that night? he's saying now he doesn't really know how the public perceives him ever since this happened. he says he is confused about that. he says he believes that fans love and support him. but he knows that there are some who don't want to see him do anything, that basically want to see him in jail. so it sounds like he's certainly aware of how the obstacles he faces now after this. >> i think safe to say more people are interested in her side given that we've heard from him. he's done several interviews none of which have gone well for him. >> there have been pr blunders. this is him doing community service in the wake of his conviction on the assault charges against rihanna a few months back. rihanna's interview, the first part airs on "good morning america" just hours from now. you can watch chris brown on mtv
friday. >> i'm sure it's going to be a very interesting interview with her. so no doubt is in the lawsuit. it's an interesting lawsuit. you've heard of that video game called guitar hero. this is a version of guitar hero called band hero. and more or less what's going on between no doubt and the makers of this video game called activision blizzard, they're saying, we knew you were going to use our likeness in a video game, we did not know you'd use our likeness to sing other songs. one of the specific claims is the fact that gwen stefani, you can use her image to sing honky tonk women which "results in an unauthorized performance with an avatar with a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes. more or less she's saying, i didn't want to be used as a cake i don't careky type act. we want to go ahead and not only have an injunction against the game, don't want our likeness to be used anymore. activision's side is, you agreed to all this, you signed on. their side is, we signed on but didn't know it would be used.
>> what a bizarre universe where celebrities have to sue over the use of their avatar. >> i didn't even know what an avatar was until about a year ago. >> clearly gwen stefani does. more celebrity news sort of back to that first story. mariah carey was on "larry king live" wednesday night. she sort of talked about some of her own emotional issues. much has been said about her first marriage to tommy mattola. she sort of alluded to the fact that she can relate to rihanna because she had her own abusive issues. she said emotionally, mentally and in other ways it's scary. she says it's difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing where a person was in control of my life. there's been a bunch of speculation about their relationship and she spilled a few beans about that on "larry king live." >> sounds like she had an interesting relationship. in the past she's said she didn't feel she could dress the way she wanted. almost like the mariah we grew up knowing, a little different. all right.
new york's town hall last night was a rock-in. bruce springsteen, steven colbert, all there for a really good cause. bob woodruff's charity holding an event called stand up for heroes, a benefit for the bob woodruff foundation. like i said, they're basically raising money for people, for service members, injured ones who return home, they want to make sure they h people there to support them. >> you saw bob and his beautiful there's steven colbert, there's bruce springsteen, all of them performing for that great cause. i'm sure it was an impressive amount. i don't remember seeing ours. >> i'm sur're >> 'vet
murderer of a little rock anchorwoman goes on trial. prosecutors say anne pressly was raped before her death. and president obama talks about cultural preservation today with leaders from federally recognized tribes at the white house. finally this half hour, no real surprise there's a lot of happy yankee fans here in the house or wherever they may be this morning. >> that's right. once again the yanks are big champions after they wrapped up the world series against the phillies last night. as you can imagine, the party was on. >> the yankees are back on top! world champions for the 27th time. >> reporter: the yankees win again. as no other team in baseball history has. giving new yorkers bragging rights and the yankees squad its 27th world series title in team history. the bronx bombers had the advantage over philadelphia going into game six, leading 3-2. and taking the game home to their new home proved a
psychological advantage. after all, back in 1923, the first year in their old stadium, the house that ruth built, they won the title. >> i mean, to break this new ballpark in with this right here, i mean, you just can't -- you can't script it up any better than this. >> coming into this we had the best record in baseball coming into the postseason. this is what we had to do. it's as good as it gets. >> reporter: but it was hideki matsui's six rbis, a tie for the most in a world series game, that put the pinstripes out in front. and there was just no way any philly could match him. >> tonight he was huge. i just think about the first at-bat that he had, pedro, what a tough at-bat. hit some balls hard foul, kept at it, kept at it, got us the lead. i thought that was extremely important. >> pitching veteran andy pettitte and legendary closer mariano rivera did their jobs too, holding the phillies to three runs and earning them their fifth world series ring.
ironically matsui, the game's mvp, is up for grabs. he is now a free agent. >> the good news is i know for sure the shirts are already ready. three days ago i was at a restaurant and saw somebody with a shirt that said, "27th title win" here in new york. preemptive but i like it. >> i remember when coverage started, yankees finance have waited so long for this. it's been like nine years. try keying a kansas